Boys & Girls Club Member to Compete for National Prize in Photo Tech Category

Holyoke, MA 1/23/2012 – Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Naijah Walter the regional winner in its 10th Annual Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals competition for her entry in the Photo Tech category. As a regional winner, Walter, 9 will move on to represent the Northeast region at the national level of competition for the 6-9 age group.

regional-winner2012For the Photo Tech category, Boys & Girls Club members were asked to create a poster that showcased citizens engaged in activities that give back to their community or depicts someone who models good character. Walter poster creation, entitled Tech Club, showcased her creativity and tech skills learned at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. The entry will be judged by a panel of national experts.

“Through the Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals we’re able to inspire our future designers, game developers, filmmakers and musicians,” said Dan Rauzi, senior director of technology programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “It is amazing what our kids and teens can do when given access to technology and allowed to express themselves creatively.”

Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals allow BGCA, along with sponsors Microsoft and Comcast, to give young people an avenue to get creative and design original pieces of digital artwork—from posters and PSAs to stop-motion animation and logos. The competition is one component of the Club Tech program which teaches critical technology skills. Members from across the globe, age 6-18 can take the tech skills they’ve learned through their Boys & Girls Clubs and enter various categories. In 2010, more than 20,000 young people participated in local contests.

“With Club Tech, members are introduced to the world of clay animation, robotics, game design, digital movie making, photo illustration, graphic design and music production,” added Rauzi. “We’re giving them real-world skills that will not only help them excel in school, but create a future career.” The Festivals are just one way that Boys & Girls Clubs of America, founding sponsor Microsoft and Comcast hope to technologically enable some 4 million youth served by some 4,000 Clubs nationwide and abroad through Club membership and community outreach. Club Tech also provides software, develops and delivers curricula, and provides program management and computer training for staff and youth. The sponsorship allows Clubs to integrate technology into every aspect of the organization’s fabric, from overall management to core programs. To learn more about the technology programs offered at Boys & Girls Clubs, visit About Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc.

About Club Tech

Club Tech was created by Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( and Microsoft ( in 2000 to technologically enable Clubs worldwide, transforming Clubs from "swim and gym" to "point and click" destinations. Partnering with longtime supporter Comcast ( and Microsoft, BGCA provides technology program access to some 4 million youth served through Club membership and community outreach at nearly 4,000 Clubs. By leveling the virtual playing field, kids of all ages and circumstances now have access to the same resources and skills to help them discover their world, expand creativity, perform better in school, and eventually take their technology know-how into the workplace.


Contact:   or use

Amy Lamparter, 404-487-5856, )



Sign up!

About Us

Core Beliefs
A Boys & Girls Club Provides:
A safe place to learn and grow...
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals...
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences...
Hope and opportunity.


Why Boys & Girls Clubs?

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.


Contact Us

Boys & Girls Club
of Greater Holyoke, Inc.
70 Nick Cosmos Way
Holyoke, MA 01040
P.O. Box 6256
P: (413) 534-7366
F: (413) 534-7369


Need more information?

Find out information regarding: Programs and services, Hours, Fees, job opportunities or Volunteer opportunities.

Club Membership

Want to register your child for Club membership or after-school programs?.

Contact Us

The Official Site of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke, Inc..
Boys & Girls Clubs of America. All Rights Reserved.
BGCA is a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organization and donations are tax deductible.

Website security